Anna Bradley, chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and of the Legal Access Challenge judging panel, discusses how technology has “made few inroads into how most people experience legal services” – a puzzling fact considering the massive investment made by the biggest commercial law firms. The Legal Access Challenge, launched by the SRA in partnership with Nesta, has a mission to “make legal support more accessible and affordable for individuals and small businesses through technology, and to learn what barriers exist to these innovations achieving impact at scale,” says Bradley. After highlighting the broad spectrum of ideas brought forward by Challenge applicants, Bradley says this illustrates that, “while the direct-to-user lawtech market is still at an early stage in its development, there are many innovators working on this from a range of different angles.”

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